The Watertown School Committee Monday night voted down the long-negotiated teachers’ union contract in front of a standing-room only audience, citing the dire financial situation the schools face next year.
The 5-3 vote means negotiators will have to go back to the bargaining table after teachers thought they had an agreement with the School Committee that came only after 18 months of negotiations and the involvement of a mediator.
“We recommended in good faith that our members ratify the agreement…Our members trusted us and voted to ratify the agreement,” said Watertown Educators Association president Debra King at Monday’s meeting. “We expected the School Committee team would also act in good faith and ratify the agreement. But then came the disturbing turn of events that have led us to tonight.”